Structured PhD Support Workshops

- Transferable Skills Training

As a PhD graduate, your skill-set will naturally include advanced research and analytical techniques required to undertake high level research in your field. You will also be expected to possess a range of transferable skills relevant to the successful completion of your research project and to your broader professional development ( Workshops assisting you with aspects of your Structured PhD Programme such as the Stage Transfer Assessment, Research and Professional Development planning and Viva Preparation (see also The Good Viva Video) are provided. In addition, workshops on project management, time management, and presentation skills are available to you.

PhD Masterclass (TS00090)

Defeating Self-Sabotage. Suitable for research students at all stages

Sometimes external factors stop us from achieving our goals eg. lack of resources, changes in circumstances and plans not working out. However, there is an increasing body of research in the area of self-sabotage or selfhandicapping that shows that there might be internal reasons for stopping ourselves from reaching our goals. 

Examples of common self-sabotaging behaviours include procrastination, perfectionism and over-committing. Completing your thesis occurs in a reasonably unstructured environment where much relies on your own initiative and commitment. In this context there is a lot of scope for self-sabotaging behaviours to operate. This intensive program will provide you with an opportunity to explore your own self-sabotage patterns and identify strategies for dealing with them. The course, while having strong theoretical and empirical underpinnings, will be practical and based on helping you to get your thesis finished.

Mr. Hugh Kearns

Part 1:
Thursday, 15th November 2018,

Red Room, Student Centre (building 67 on the UCD Belfield Campus Map)


Part 2:
Monday, 11th February 2018,

Room 109 Veterinary Sciences Centre (building 74 on the UCD Belfield Campus Map)

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Using Mind Maps In Your Research (TS00010)

Suitable for research students at all stages

Mapping your ideas is a creative way to organise your thinking. There are a range of tools such as concept maps, mind maps or idea maps. These mapping techniques are used all over the world by researchers as a way of organising complex ideas and increasing creativity. They can be used to: organise the content and ideas in your thesis, structure a paper or report you need to write, prepare your lecture or presentation, or record brainstorming sessions. They are effective, easy to use and most of all FUN. In this workshop you will learn by doing. You will see how an idea map is created and then create your own using your own topic. The workshop will include opportunities for you to use idea mapping with your thesis. So bring along your ideas (and some coloured pencils)!

Mr. Hugh Kearns

Tuesday 20 February 2018,


Richview Newstead Memorial Hall  (building 50 on the ‌UCD Belfield Campus Map)

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Turbo Charging your Writing (TS00070)

Suitable for research students at all stages

Are you in the 3rd year of your thesis or entering the final write-up phase? Would you like to potentially halve the amount of time it takes to submission? Well this intensive workshop might be for you.

Mr. Hugh Kearns

Friday 15th February 2019


E2.16 Science Centre East (Building 64 on UCD Belfield Campus Map)

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Research Ethics (TS00130)

Suitable for research students at all stages

All students who intend to recruit human participants for their study are obliged to ensure that they have either full ethical approval or exemption from full ethical review. No two studies are quite the same therefore, in order to be ethically compliant, students should be clear about the ethical approval and exemption process. A project may require a full ethical review because it is dealing with a vulnerable group or a sensitive topic or it may only require an exemption from full ethical review. A good sense of what your study is about and a clear understanding of recruiting participants and managing data are key when submitting an application for ethical approval or exemption.

Dr. Joan Tiernan

Wednesday 31st October 


L 1.07 Library ( building 29 on the UCD Belfield Campus Map )

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PhD@UCD (TS00150)

Suitable for research students mainly in early stages

This workshop, led by the Dean of Graduate Studies, aims to introduce you to what it means to do a PhD at UCD. The workshop provides clarification on the role of each element of the UCD Structured PhD and provides tips for navigating through the early stages of your PhD programme. The workshop offers a forum for discussion of expectations associated with your journey towards the PhD and raises awareness of the support mechanisms available to you. The workshop also aims to provide an outline of a number of first principles of PhD research which will help you, not only with research planning, but also with your professional development. A more in-depth consideration of the individual principles (research skills, career planning, library skills, research integrity etc.) will be offered via other workshops in the UCD Transferable Skills portfolio, in some cases tailored to your broad disciplinary area. This workshop provides a forum for discussion as to why these principles are important and useful to you as an early stage researcher regardless of your area of research. 
The workshop will include small group discussions with short presentations and active participation is expected.

Prof. Barbara Dooley

Thursday 22nd November 2018 


C114 Health Science Centre (building 29 on the UCD Campus Map)

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Introduction to GIS: Maps, Mapping Data and Data Visualisation

A short course in geolocated data and your use of digital map technologies - suitable for research students and others. No previous experience of GIS required. 

For more information, please see the full advertisement: Introduction to GIS: Maps, mapping data and data Visualisation

Instructor: Dr. Eoin O'Mahony

Wednesday, 20th March 2019

9.30 -16.30

Map Library, School of Geography

E002 Newman Building (building 36 on the UCD Belfield Campus Map)

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Managing Your PhD (TS00050)

Suitable for research students at all stages

Mr. Hugh Kearns

15th November 2018


Richview Newstead Memorial Hall   (building 50 on the UCD Campus Map)


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Working with your Research Supervisor (TS00120)

Suitable for research students at all stages

An effective student-supervisor working relationship is an important factor in progressing your research to completion. Many students new to research are unsure of how the student-supervisor dynamic works, how often should they engage with their supervisor?, who initiates and manages meetings? How is a good working relationship fostered? What to do if things aren’t working out…
This workshop explores the dynamics of this important relationship and offers tips on optimising the experience from the student’s perspective.

Dr. Janet Carton

Thursday 29th November 2018


3.26 Agriculture and Food Science Centre (building 2 on the UCD Campus Map)

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Research and Professional Development Planning; Get the most out of your RPDP (TS00170)

Suitable for research students at all stages

Research and professional development planning is an integral part of the Structured PhD programme at UCD. The purpose of such planning is to ensure that a student’s work is clearly focused on achieving research and professional development goals. This will play a major part in informing the trajectory of the student’s research and in their training and development as a researcher. The RPDP is also a useful resource when it comes to writing-up and plays a key role in the student’s Transfer Assessment process.

Dr. Emer Cunningham

Thursday 6th December 2018


114 Veterinary Science Centre (building 74 on the UCD Belfield Campus Map)

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The aim of this session is to support those new to or those wishing to refresh their tutorial and small group teaching skills. A comprehensive Tutor Induction pack is provided and access to online resources.

The session is designed to be interactive and reflect the approaches and methods one may use in a real tutorial or small group teaching session.

On completion of this induction you should be able to:
• Identify key communication techniques
• Design an effective session for teaching undergraduates
• Critically reflect on the role of the tutor / facilitator in small group teaching
• Prepare a tutorial plan

Please note, the Tutor Induction pack is available online here. Please bring or have access to this on the day.

To book a place please follow the links below;

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For more information about Tutor and Demonstrator Development, you can visit the Teaching and Learning website.